Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism

Large study finds little connection between mother's use of drugs like Prozac and children's autism risk

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But, she added, based on the human studies so far, "if there is any increased risk of autism, it appears small."

And for any one woman, Chambers said, that possible risk would have to be balanced against the risks of leaving major depression untreated.

"For some women, the optimal situation may be to take an SSRI, even if there is an association [with autism]," Chambers said.

Hviid agreed, saying that's a decision that has to be left up to women and their health care provider.

More information

The non-profit MotherToBaby California has more on medication use during pregnancy.

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